I haven't seen a coal train parked in Whit siding in a while.
I don't go by there maybe 4 times a year, on Wisconsin State Highway 173 west of Port Edwards.
The trains are handed off between the UP and the CN at Whit.
And one time in November I see one empty waiting.
So I get out the pole camera to look above the cattails and show the big pond north of the tracks,
and discover the water was drained for dam repairs.
And a month later I am driving down the highway and there's a train again.
But this time it is 0 F outside. No messing around with a pole picture in this weather.
At least the sun is shining.
|And SURPRISE, just after I drive east, i see a moving coal train.|
So there must have been two trains at Whit,
and the coal loads disappeared from my view at the west end (timetable east)
maybe minutes before I took my first pictures.
This is milepost 42 where train orders are arranged for the non-stop trip through Wisconsin Rapids to Junction City.
If these guys stop, it will tie up the street crossings of Rapids.
And now I have a new inconvenience,
there's only one good highway in this country
and my path will be blocked by this monster long train
at least once more on my journey.
I might not get ahead of this train.
At least not before sunset.
I couldn't beat it to the next crossing 3 miles ahead,
but did got this scene of the head end before they got away.
|Here's a picture from a few months earlier by Weston power, their destination.|
Link to my web page of Whit siding when it was new just 2 years ago.
Link back to my index page, Bruce's RailRoad Pictures main index page on TrainWeb site.
my best index page is on the TrainWeb site, as of January 2011.
This page was wrote in December, 2013.